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Fireworks, fireworks and more fireworks will soon be going off and lighting up the night sky across East Texas as we celebrate the birth of our great nation on July 4th.

Seeing how the 4th of July is falling on a Tuesday this year, celebrating the 4th is going to be rather unique. Some may get an extended four-day weekend, while others will hopefully be working a short and interrupted week! However your holiday week(end) is looking, we're definitely looking forward to celebrating the 247th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration Of Independence.

We'll be marking the occasion this year by celebrating all day and night with family and friends while gathered at the house, around the pool or the lake, or in the backyard with the grills and smokers going just waiting for it to get dark so we can either set off our fireworks or watch one of the many fireworks shows around East Texas as they explode hundreds of feet in the air above our heads along with the loud explosions.

You Can Shoot Your Own Fireworks

Now if you're planning on creating your own fireworks show, please be safe doing it. Make sure you have water to put out any potential fires, do not let children light fireworks, and never hold them in your hand. Also remember, this is the time of the year that your dog will be wondering what's up with all the loud booms and they might get scared and try to jump the fence and run away if they're outside. Check out these tips to make them feel safe.

One important reminder, please be courteous to your neighbors, especially those who are war veterans. The loud booms that are created by fireworks could cause them extra stress, especially if they suffer from PTSD. You know your neighbors. If you have a veteran neighbor please alert them to your actions so they'll be prepared.

Remember, it is illegal to shoot off fireworks within city limits.

Now if you're looking for one of the big professional shows put on by a local church or your city, the following is a list of firework shows happening around East Texas. For more specific information on any fireworks show or event, simply click or tap on the city or event name.  The list will display the Tyler and Longview area firework shows first and then alphabetically by city.

East Texas Fireworks Shows

Tyler

Fourth Of July Celebration
Tuesday, July 4th
Lindsey Park - Tyler
The free fireworks show is happening again in Tyler!  The show will be at Lindsey Park, 12557 Spur 364 West.
Gates at the park will open at 3 p.m.  There will be live music, vendors and food trucks available too.
The show will begin after dark (around 9 p.m.)

 

Celebrate America Independence Day Fireworks Show
Monday, July 3rd
Pleasant Hill Baptist Church - Tyler
Located at 13590 Hwy. 110 S (north of Grande Blvd.), this is a free event that will feature free hotdogs and watermelon (while supplies last) along with food vendors, live music an illusionist show, and fun for the family.
While this is a FREE event, organizers are asking you to bring some non-perishable canned food items that will be donated to area food banks.
Family Fireworks Celebration 2023
Friday, June 30th
South Spring Baptist Church - Tyler
Located at 17002 US. Hwy. 69 (south of Toll 49), this is a free fireworks show that will leave you in awe! There will be food trucks, inflatables for the kids to jump in along with other activities for them, and then the fireworks show when the sun goes down. Bring your blanket and spread it out or a lawn chair for a fun family summer night.

 

Longview

Fireworks and Freedom Celebration
Tuesday, July 4th
Longview Convention Complex - Longview
The night begins with a free concert, a car show, vendors, a hot dog eating contest, and barbecue and ice cream contests along with other food vendors. The concert and activities begin at 6:30 p.m. with the fireworks beginning at 9:30 p.m.

 

Athens

Fireworks At The Fisheries
Sunday, July 2nd
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
5550 FM 2495 - Athens
Admission is free after 5 p.m. Bring along a picnic and fish without a license until the fireworks light up the sky over the fish hatchery ponds.

 

Big Sandy

4th Of July Celebration
Tuesday, July 4th
400 N. Wildcat Dr - Big Sandy
The annual 4th of July Parade and Fireworks show will entertain all. The parade will begin at 8:30 p.m. and will be followed by the fireworks show.

 

Bullard

Blast Over Bullard
Saturday, July 1st
Bullard High School - Bullard
Celebrate Independence Day in Bullard with one of our most attended events! There are plans for activities for all ages, games, local retail vendors, food vendors, and more. Enjoy all the fun and live music leading up to the big fireworks show.

 

Canton

4th Of July Parade
Tuesday, July 4th
Downtown Canton square
Events will begin around 5 p.m. and include a kid's bike decorating contest, watermelon eating competition, hot dog eating contests, and a parade followed by the fireworks show. Contest registration details are found on the link above by clicking on 'Canton'.

 

Hawkins

Lake Hawkins Fireworks Show 2023
Monday, July 3rd
Lake Hawkins RV Park
Fireworks show with a lakeside view. There is an entry fee for this show and will begin around 9 p.m.

 

Henderson

Freedom Festival
Tuesday, July 4th
Lake Forest Park - Henderson
Gates on the park will open at 5 p.m. and will feature live music, food vendors and the fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.

 

Kilgore

Fourth Of July Extravaganza
Tuesday, July 4th
Kilgore City Park - Kilgore

This 4th of July live music will fill the area of the World's Richest Acre! There will be food vendors and entertainment before the 0-minute firework show begins. Activities begin in the park at 5:30 p.m.

 

Lufkin

July 4th Celebration
Tuesday, July 4th
Ellen Trout Zoo - Lufkin
Come out to the zoo, free admission on the 4th along with live music, delicious food, and artisanal crafts from local vendors. There will be kid's activities galore and plenty of animals to see, there's something exciting for all ages. After dark, grab your seat and get ready to experience a fireworks display as big as Texas.

 

Nacogdoches

Freedom Fest
Tuesday, July 4th
Festival Park - Nacogdoches
There will be games, contests, food trucks and more activities for the entire family.

 

Palestine

Music & Fireworks
Tuesday, July 4th
Montalba Baptist Church - Palestine
In addition to the fireworks, there will be snow cones and popcorn. Just bring your lawn chair for the fireworks show that will begin at dusk.

 

Pittsburg

Tri-County Independence Day Blast Celebration
Tuesday, July 4th
Broach Park - Pittsburg
The two-day event will begin Monday, July 3rd with a carnival and food vendors and will happen on July 4th from 5 p.m. to midnight. There will be a carnival, food vendors, bingo, glow foam party, live music parade, and fireworks!

 

Rusk

4th Of July Celebration
Tuesday, July 4th
Branded by  Christ Cowboy Church - Rusk
Fun water activities, live music, and a free fish fry for the first 500 people

 

Winona

Fireworks and Car Show
Tuesday, July 4th
Winona High School - Winona
This event will feature a car show, food trucks, various vendors, and live music as Winona celebrates the birth of America.
If you know of any spectacular fireworks shows that are happening around East Texas that are left off of this list, please email the details or a link and we'll get them included in this list.

 

If you are hosting a professional July 4th fireworks show that you would like added to the list, please email me the specifics - event name, contact name, number (will not be published), date, time, location, admission fee, along with any other event information you would like added and we'll get you added to this article.

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